How to Prepare for the HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate Exam

How to Prepare for the HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate Exam

Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed about the HashiCorp Terraform exam? You're not alone. The Terraform exam can be intimidating, but with the right preparation and mindset, you can easily pass it. In this blog post, we'll go over some essential tips for preparing for the Terraform exam.

First Things First, YouTube

When learning a new tool, the first place I go to is YouTube. Here are the most concise explainer videos about Terraform:


Fireship is my go-to channel when learning a new tool. Make sure you subscribe to his channel and tell him I sent you.


Next is a video by IBM Technology, they have amazing lightboard videos on a wide-range of technologies. Once again, if you know what's good for you, you'd subscribe and learn for free.


Lastly, another video by IBM Technology. This one further helps you understand Terraform by comparing it to Ansible and seeing the differences and similarities of both. It's an opportunity to learn about Ansible and it has some need-to-know concepts covered such as 'imperative' vs 'declarative'.

Familiarize Yourself with the Exam Topics

The HashiCorp Terraform exam covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Terraform language and syntax

  • Terraform Cloud and Enterprise

  • Working with providers and resources

  • Using Terraform modules

  • State management and backends

  • Best practices for writing and maintaining Terraform code

Make sure you have a solid understanding of these concepts before you take the exam. For more details, check out their study guide:

Practice, Practice, Practice!

One of the best ways to prepare for the Terraform exam is using practice tests. Udemy has a set of 6 practice exams created by instructor Bryan Krausen, which can help you get comfortable with the format and types of questions you'll see on the real exam.

Use HashiCorp's Documentation & Tutorials

HashiCorp has one of the best documentation, in terms of free tutorials and resources to learn Terraform:

To top it off, they have a list of tutorials that you should complete if you're thinking of taking the exam:

Consider One-on-One Coaching

If you're struggling, consider getting one-on-one coaching. A personalized coaching session can help you feel confident and prepared on exam day. You can book a free consultation by scrolling down the page.

Remember, the key to success is dedication and hard work. With the right approach, you can ace the HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate exam. Good luck!

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